TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – More than one million people across the United States battle Type 1 Diabetes, which typically strikes during childhood.
“All of our children have been diagnosed with Type One Diabetes,” said Laurie Taylor.
It’s a life altering condition not just for the child but the entire family.
“They sent her to Riley in an ambulance and we stayed there through the weekend,” says Taylor.
A group of Terre Haute women came together to fight against those challenges and want to share their story.
“It was May 8th 2013, he was 11 at the time, and he’s 12 now,” said Melissa Stigall.
They call themselves “T1DM”, Type 1 Diabetitc Moms, for them it’s a common bond during a time of uncertainty.
“They sent us to Riley Hospital for three days and our whole world changed after that,” says Kim Bryant.
Their lives and the lives of those most precious to them would change forever.
“He is 14. He was diagnosed when he was 12 years old, November 30th 2011,” says Cassie Hansel.
They are the dates that can’t be erased.
“You have these three days in the hospital learning what to do, and it’s like a whirlwind, and you come home, and it’s like having a newborn baby,” says Stigall.
Their children all, bright, young, energetic, and left to face the highs and lows of living with diabetes.
“I probably get shots at least 4 times a day, before every meal, and I get a nighttime shot before I go to bed,” says 9 year old Gracie Taylor, who is living with T1 diabetes.
“About a month later when I learned, it just hit me. It’s like oh my God, I have diabetes. What am I going to do,” says 12 year old Gavin Hunt, who is also living with T1 diabetes.
Their moms often asking the same questions lean on each other.
“Just being able to talk to people who are going through it. You need an avenue to express your fears,” says Hansel.
“You don’t realize it until you’re in those shoes, but you really do need the support,” says Taylor.
They hope to branch out by offering monetary support through fundraisers.
“His medicine for one month is $1,290. Fortunately we can afford that but some people can’t. We want to help with that,” says Stigall.
Perhaps the best help they offer is priceless.
“There’s never a time that a diabetic parent doesn’t think about diabetes. There’s never a time that you get to take a vacation from wondering where your child’s blood sugar is,” says Bryant.
“When they worry the same way I worry I know that I’m not alone, I’m not alone,” says Stigall.
They are hosting their first Wine and Canvas Fundraiser on Saturday, March 8th.
It will be held at the Sandcut Fire House in Terre Haute from 4-7 P.M.
For more information on “T1DM” you can visit their website.